Despite the determined efforts of campaigners, including celebrities, the Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival took place on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd June. This annual festival to celebrate the Summer Solstice has been going since 2010, with an average of 10,000 dogs and cats killed every year. They are very often well loved pets who have been stolen from their homes and many can be seen to be still wearing their collars with ID tags. They are given no food or water and are forced into cramped cages where they are kept for days, before being brutally and tortuously killed for their meat. The animals are beaten and boiled alive, some actually skinned alive.
Eating dog meat is a Chinese tradition but that does not mean it should be allowed to continue. The younger generation of Chinese increasingly see animals as friends, not food, and are appalled by the brutality of Yulin (read more here).
This year’s campaign saw Ricky Gervais and supermodel Gisele Bundchen speak out against the festival and call for it to be stopped.
The Humane Society International did incredible work to save some of the animals and a Chinese lady, Mrs Wang, rescued 100 dogs to return to her animal shelter. There has been a successful appeal to raise money for their treatment and care.
Of course farm animals are often killed in the same way and are kept in appalling conditions and we must not forget them; 2.5 million farm animals are killed for meat in the U.K. every day. The best way to show compassion for all animals is to go Vegan.
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